Maria Eva Heckler1

(4 January 1799 - 10 March 1881)

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Relationship3rd great-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Ohlheiser
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Ohlheiser Family Pedigree
Descent from Joseph Ohlhauser - c. 1757
FatherRudolph Heckler
MotherClara Breiner

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildMaria Eva Heckler was born on 4 January 1799, in Mönchzell, Margraviate of Baden. This date of birth is calculated based on her age of 82 yr. 2mo. 6 days as inscribed on her tombstone. The date of her death is 10 Mar 1881. An alternate birth date of 21 Jan 1798 is also found.2,3
BrideMaria Eva Heckler, 27, married Johan Joseph Ohlhaüser, 26, son of Joseph Ohlhaüser and Anna Maria Hönig, on 24 April 1825 in St. Martin Roman Catholic Church, Spechbach, Grand Duchy of Baden. Joseph had recently become a widower upon the death of his wife just 3 - 4 months before this marriage. The promptness of this marriage so soon after the death of his first wife was undoubtedly influenced by the young ages of his four motherless children but it also raises the question as to the date of the death of their mother... she may have died several months earlier that the date we have recorded.4
WidowShe became a widow at 70 years of age when her husband Joseph died on 17 December 1869; He was shown as a member of the St. Alphonsus Parish.5,4,6
DeceasedShe died on 10 March 1881 in Wheatland, Mecosta Co., Michigan, at the age of 82.7,3
InterredShe was buried in St. Michael's Cemetery, Remus, Mecosta Co., Michigan.7

Children with Johan Joseph Ohlhaüser:


On 18 May 1846, Maria Eva Ohlhaüser at the age of 47, and Johan Joseph Ohlhaüser, 47 years of age, emmigrated, with their children Johann, Catherina, Margaretta, Rosina, Johan and Joseph from Spechbach, Grand Duchy of Baden, to America.
     The note in Johan Joseph's papers providing this date in May is clear that this was the date Johan Joseph and Maria Eva "left Germany". But it is not clear as to whether that means this was the date they left Spechbach, Baden, or the date they sailed from France. Their arrival in New York was eight weeks later 18 July 1846.
     They sailed on the American ship "Queen Victoria", Capt. Charles A. Ranlett, Master, carrying 284 passengers out of the port of Havre, France, a point of embarkation for many families emigrating from the Baden-Württemburg area in Southwestern Germany during this time frame. The Queen Victoria was a three masted ship of 712 tons with an 18ft draft, built in 1839 for transatlantic transportation.
     According to oral family traditions, Joseph and Eva arrived in America with seven of the family's eight children. However, the ship's manifest includes only six of the children... Joseph's eldest son Georg Peter, 30 years old, is not listed among them and is said to have arrived in America later, circa 1850; and Joseph's eldest daughter, 29 year old Catharina Margaretta (from his marriage to Maria Katharina Merz) remained in Spechbach. Margaretha had married Johann Eisele and their first child was born in 1840.
     Johann Joseph's family initially settled in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York; the geography of Wyoming Co. is very similar to that around Spechbach. Within a couple of months of their arrival, Joseph purchased two parcels of farmland from Philip and Catharine Gath and Henry and Catharine Heisier. A community of German immigrants had grown up in Sheldon by the time the Ohlheisers arrived... very possibly there were others from the Spechbach area of Baden that were already living there. The record shows Joseph's surname as Oldheisier. Considering the similarities in their surnames, it may be that Henry Heisier was somehow related to Joseph?8,9,10,11

Land and Property

Property TransferOn 19 June 1848, Maria and Joseph Ohlheiser sold the twelve and one half acre piece property Joseph had purchased in 1846, in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York, to Ferdinand Fontaine, also of Sheldon. The price given in the indenture is $125 ($10 per acre).12
Property TransferOn 23 August 1855, Maria and Joseph Ohlheiser sold to Jacob Jüly of Buffalo, twenty-five acres of property Joseph had purchased in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York in 1846. The price given in the indenture is $700 for 25 acres ($28 per acre).13
Property TransferOn 23 August 1855, Maria and Joseph Ohlheiser sold another twenty-five acre piece of property Joseph had purchased in Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York in 1846 to Jacob Jüly of Buffalo. The price given in the indenture is $1400 for 37.5 acres ($37+ per acre).14
Property AcquisitionOn 4 August 1864, in Colden, Erie Co., New York, Maria Eva Ohlheiser, was a grantor in a real estate transaction between her husband and his son Joseph Ohlheiser, Jr. The 50 acres was "Known and distinguished as the middle part of Lot number fourteen in the eighth town and six range of said township (Colden)."15

Residences and Censuses

Maria Eva Ohlheiser and Joseph Ohlheiser appeared on the 1850 Federal Census of Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York, enumerated 19 July 1850. Johan Joseph's family was listed with the surname of "Old Hegser.". Their children Margaretta, George and Joseph were listed as living with them. Also recorded as living with them were 2 year old Martin Old Hegser and 1 year old Frank Old Hegser, their grandchildren, the children of their married daughter Rosina and her husband Frank Simmons. Except for the two young boys who were born in New York, the rest of the family was born in Germany. Their son Joseph was shown to have attended school within the year.
On the previous day, the 18th of July, he completed an agricultural enumeration which showed him owning 46 acres of land (36 of which were improved) that he valued at $600. His farm animals consisted of one horse, four milk cows, four working oxen, five sheep and four swine with a total value of $200. He valued his farm equipment at $30. He had on hand 25 bushels of wheat, 100 of oats, 40 each of barley and Irish potatoes, and only 4 of Indian corn. For his livestock he had 8 tons of hay. He also had 15 pounds of wool, 200 pounds of butter and 100 pounds of maple sugar.16,17
Maria and Joseph Ohlheiser appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Colden, Erie Co., New York, enumerated 7 August 1860. Their son Joseph, Jr., was listed as living with them. All three were born in Germany. Eight year old Joseph Simmons, born in New York, also appeared in the listing for this household. It isn't clear who this Joseph belonged to as two of Joseph's and Maria's daughters married Simmons brothers.
     Joseph's occupation was that of a farmer. Their real estate was shown having a value of $2,600 and their personal estate a value of $1,000.
     Their son John is shown living in the next household with Barbary Spade, 4 Ohlheiser children and two younger Spade children.18
Maria Eva and Joseph Ohlheiser appeared on the 1865 State Census of Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, enumerated 9 June 1865, They were living with the family of their son-in-law, Martin Simmons, and their daughter Margaret. Joseph's age is recorded as 69 years and his occupation is laborer; he was born in Germnany and has been married twice. Eve's age is recorded as 67 years; she was also born in Germany, was married once, and was the parent of 6 children (we have the names and birthdates for only five).19
She appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Owasco, Cayuga Co., New York, enumerated 19 August 1870, Mary E. Ohlheiser is recorded in this census as the head of household, 71 years old, and keeping house. Living with her is her 18 year old grandson, Frank Simmons, the son of her daughter Margaretta and her husband, Martin Simmons. Also named in the household is 24 year old Vincent Herling. Frank and Vincent are both farm laborers.20
She appeared on the 1875 State Census of Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, enumerated 16 June 1875, Her name shown as Maria, 76 years old. She is iving with her son George and his family.21
She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Wheatland, Mecosta Co., Michigan, enumerated 10 June 1880, Living with daughter Rosina (O.) Simmons and family. According to the Census entry, Mary was suffering from Paralysis (a stroke?) and was "insane" (more likely suffering from dementia?).22


Maria Eva Ohlheiser was named an heir in the will of Joseph Ohlheiser, dated 30 December 1862 in Colden, Erie Co., New York.6

Sources - Citations

  1. [S508] Joseph Ohlheiser will (30 December 1862), Joseph Ohlheiser Will, vol. 7; ppg. 247-252, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.Johannes Joseph (Joseph) names her in the will as his dear wife.
  2. [S210] Find A Grave, online at; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources, Find A Grave Memorial# 127676960; Frau von J Ohlheiser; photo, no dates, age is shown as 82 yr. 2mo. 6 days (SCT photograph confirms).
  3. [S657] Jane Williams, Compiler, Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, online at:; (RootsWeb's WorldConnect Project), accessed 8 Sep 2009, gives date and location.
  4. [S657] Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, 8 Sep 2009, gives date, location and Parish.
  5. [S854] Melissa Anne Royston Hahn photographer, Grave Marker for Joannes Joseph Ohlheiser, Photograph, 24 Nov 2015, North Street Cemetery, Auburn, Cayuga Co., New York, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy (Tracy Home Office), shows age and date of death.
  6. [S508] Joseph Ohlheiser Will vol. 7; ppg. 247-252.
  7. [S210] Find A Grave, online at, Find A Grave Memorial# 127676960; Frau von J Ohlheiser; photo, no dates, age is 82 yr. 2mo. 6 days.
  8. [S871] Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at New York 1820-1897, Ship Queen Victoria; Microcopy Series M237; Roll 63; Frame 118; (Washington D.C.: National Archives) Digitized by - subscription database, pg. 003, Nos. 123-130.
  9. [S519] Journal of Joseph Ohlheiser (Juniata, Nebraska), information extracted by Harold Russell Ohlheiser, on 23 July 1970. Notes, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). From the hand-written notes of Harold Ohlheiser: "Information was taken from a small (3"x5") brown leather covered book called a 'Ledger' which was with the papers of RJO Sr. (Robert J. Ohlheiser, Sr.). In front cover of the ledger is written: 'Joseph Heiser, South Wales, Erie Co., N.Y.' and undoubtedly belonged to J.O. Jr. (Joseph Ohlheiser Jr.)."
  10. [S518] Unknown, Map of SheldonTownship, Wyoming Co., New York (n.p.:, 1850 - 1856), Photocopy of the map was made by Carlton Ohlheiser during visit to Library of Congress in 1987, locates J. Oldhiser property in Sheldon on map dated 1850 - 1856.
  11. [S657] Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, 8 Sep 2009, gives July date and name of vessel.
  12. [S523] Wyoming County - Deeds: Liber 13; Page 258; Town 9; Lot 10; Range 4;, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  13. [S523] Wyoming County Deeds: Liber 40; Page 378; Town 9; Lot 9; Range 4;, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy.
  14. [S523] Wyoming County Deeds: Liber 40; Page 384; Town 9; Lot 9/10; Range 4;, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy.
  15. [S618] Warranty Deed From Joseph Ohlheiser and Mary Eva his wife to Joseph Ohlheiser Jr., Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  16. [S521] Joseph Old Hegser household, 1850 U.S. Census, Wyoming Co., New York, population schedule, Sheldon, Sheet 23 (printed) 45 (by hand), dwelling 369, family 369. Washington: National Archives. Includes two grandchildren, sons daughter.
  17. [S522] Joseph Old Hegser, Owner of Farm, 1860 U.S. Census, Non-Population Schedule 4 Schedule 4. - Productions of Agriculture, Sheldon, Wyoming Co., New York. Sheet 471, Washington: National Archives.
  18. [S510] Joseph Ohlhiser household, 1860 U.S. Census, Erie Co., New York, population schedule, Colden, Sheet no. 130 - written in space provided; 348 stamped in opposite corner, dwelling 1068, family 1054; Washington: National Archives.
  19. [S855] Martin Simmons household, 1865 New York State Census, Cayuga Co., New York, population schedule, 2nd Ward - Auburn, Sheet 13 Line 42, dwelling 71.
  20. [S856] Mary E. Ohlheiser household, 1870 U.S. Census, Cayuga, New York, population schedule, Morovia, Town of Owasco, Sheet no. 26, dwelling 238, family 245; Washington: National Archives.
  21. [S858] George Ohlheiser household, 1875 New York State Census, Cayuga Co., New York, population schedule, Auburn, Sheet 32, Line 20, dwelling 267, family 313, Salt Lake City: Family Search.
  22. [S857] Frank Simons household, 1880 U.S. Census, Mecosta Co., Michagan, population schedule, Wheatland, Enumeration District 176, Page No. 17. Line #5, dwelling 136, family 136, Washington: National Archives.
  23. [S657] Lee/Ayers/Williams/Ryan Family Tree, 8 Sep 2009, date and place.
  24. [S1103] Deutschland, Baden, Erzbistum Freiburg, katholische Kirchenbücher, 1678-1930, online at Family Search:; Citing: Baptism, Spechbach, Heidelberg, Baden, Deutschland, 7, Erzbischöfliches Archiv Freiburg (Archbishop's Archives), Germany; accessed 23 June 2018.
Last Edited21 Feb 2019

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